Today, we are launching a special Easter weekend campaign with Chris August, whose new album, The Maker, releases next Tuesday, April 7th. Today through Monday, April 6th, listeners that tune into our growing online radio station, NRT Radio One, will hear a new song each day from the album every hour, as well as Chris' hit single, "The Maker," in heavy rotation.
Chris August wrote a special devotional explaining the heart behind today's featured song, "Something."
Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."
1 Corinthians If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
If there's one thing this misfit, often well-intentioned but painfully misguided culture of ours gets wrong, it's relationships. Be it parent-child, friend-friend, husband-wife, boyfriend-girlfriend or any other combination that can be conjured, we've somehow managed to cheapen it, dumb it down or compromise it often for one primary reason--we don't want to be alone.
Not just that...we weren't created to be alone. God knew that the instant He created Adam. I doubt that Eve was just an experiment to see how that might work out. Likewise, I don't think that Jesus just happened upon twelve guys who decided to stick around. He intentionally sought the company of friends to do life and ministry with. Bottom line--we are better together. And when that one special someone comes along, we're not just a plus one for the rest of life; we're something totally new--two become one that is even stronger and greater than the greatest versions of the individuals.
As great as finding your life love can be, though, it doesn't negate how hard it is to get there or how hard it is to stay there. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul doesn't pull any punches. Of his many gifts as a writer and orator, sugar-coating was not one of them. In verse 28, he says that those who marry will suffer and have trials. He's right. But, those who marry and honor that relationship and all it can become will come to know an intimacy and friendship and kindred spirit with another person that can only be found when you do life with someone else.
Paul was right about many things, especially when it comes to the trials of relationships. But he was also right about love. True love is patient and kind and unselfish and even in the hands of us clumsy, imperfect people, it is the most valuable thing we can know or feel or hope for.
Our world doesn't often know what to do with love. So it gets twisted, distorted, manipulated and misused, leaving a trail of casualties in its wake. But when we learn to surrender our heart -- all of it -- to the author of Love, and honestly, fervently, consistently seek His version of love, what we find is sweeter than what this world could begin to offer. So if you're looking for that someone, make your search prayerful and sincere and remember that each heart you run into along the way, even if it's not meant for you, it is fragile. Be kind.
If you've found that someone, don't get frustrated that your lives don't look like any of the couples fabricated in the constant barrage of entertainment on your tv, computer, phone or other smart device. Love is real. It's messy and it can be painful and it can shape who you are more than anything else in this world. But when it's honest and true and patterned after God's design, it truly is the missing part of you that will never be missing again.